We support work across three main focus areas--Vulnerable Groups, Governance and Nutrition. We have identified certain themes under each focus area and pursue different approaches (roles) to grant making across these focus areas and themes.
We make grants to partners whose work, we believe, adds intrinsic value to vulnerable individuals, communities or groups. In terms of our role, we are funders of what we call Value in itself grants.
We also offer our expertise to build on grant partners’ inherent strengths so they are able to scale their work with vulnerable groups and reach out significantly more people. In this Scale-up approach of grant making, we play the role of Enabler.
We also take on the role of Orchestrator, when we focus on system change and long-term impact. In this case, we develop our strategy for an identified theme within a focus area. Then we support Special Initiatives that will synergistically bring together a number of partners and the government to achieve a particular change within a given sector.
Through our Vulnerable Groups focus area, our approach has been primarily as a funder and enabler. Through our Governance and Nutrition focus areas, we play the role of orchestrator, where we aim to bring about far reaching reform within the sectors concerned. Here too, we have our own strategy for each theme. And we support partners who share our goals.
Accion Fraterna is training 3,000 master farmers in Anantapuramu district of AP in natural farming, demonstrates drought mitigation strategies in three agro-climatic clusters and builds self-reliant farmers' institutions.
ACWADAM is active across India piloting projects in aquifer-based groundwater management, documenting and sharing knowledge, in order to inform policy as well as bring about greater participation from the community stakeholders.
AKRSP is shoring up the economic independence of 15,000 Adivasi farmer households in five districts of Madhya Pradesh, setting up women’s self-help groups, boosting community-based institutions, and promoting sustainable agriculture through water and land resource development.
CCD is scaling up the work with 60 cooperatives covering 3,222 farmers in Anantapur district, AP, giving them management and technical training, supply inputs, exploring new markets, crop assessment surveys, providing storage facilities for “pool and sell”, and enhancing their savings and working capital.
Centre for Sustainable Agriculture is building up a cadre of 5,000 master farmers in natural farming, develop standards for farmer certification and create innovation hubs of best farming practices. The aim is also to improve market access and prices for farmer institutions--across Kadapa, Anantapuramu and Vizianagaram districts of AP.
WGWLO is helping 5,000 women farmers in 12 districts of Gujarat to generate more income, become aware of land rights, training them as leaders to service Land Legal Literacy Centres, linking their organisations to Government structures for land ownership and promoting digital literacy so that they take up sustainable agriculture.
DSC is enhancing the livelihoods and incomes of 4,500 Adivasi farm households in Gujarat’s Aravalli district. There will be cropping practices for better soil health, improved agricultural productivity, enterprise development and strengthening of farmer producer organisations.
Jattu Trust is building-up a cadre of 3,500 master farmers in AP’s Vizianagaram district and develops strong farmer’s institutions to facilitate sustainable livelihoods. The programme is backed up by the campaigns and communication material on natural farming.
Kovel Foundation is training 6,800 master farmers, integrating natural farming with tribal livelihoods, engaging tribals specialising in forest produce and building farmers’ institutions for marketing. The programme is also developing business plans that support market linkages. Across 5 districts of Andra Pradesh - Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, East Godavari, West Godavari and Kurnool.
Odisha Livelihood Mission is improving the nutritional status of women and children across Odisha through mainstreaming dietary diversity interventions by building capacity and establishing a nutrition vertical within Odisha Livelihood Mission.
Parivarttan is bettering the lives of 5,000 Adivasi women and men farmers in the rainfed Malkangiri district of Odisha, by promoting community seed banks, community management of resources, and collaborating with community institutions and the Government to train Adivasis as entrepreneurs in fish rearing and millet processing.
PRADAN is increasing the incomes of 33,000 women farmers by 60% in three years through farm and non-farm livelihoods. The programme involves the development of women’s Self Help Groups, better participation in Gram Sabha meetings and Village Development, and linkages to banks and the Employment Guarantee Schemes.
PRAN is enhancing the food security of 2,500 small and marginal women farmers of Nawada district, Bihar by promoting crop diversity through System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method, organising women farmers’ groups to adopt and share this, encouraging sharecropping, kitchen gardening and, making it viable for the landless to rear small ruminants.
RNBA is boosting the incomes and well-being of 2,300 small tribal farmers in Manipur (hill districts of Chandel and Tamenglong), a valley district of East Imphal – 15 tribal villages and five Meitei villages), through market linkages, ensuring land rights, crop diversity and integrated farming systems--System Rice Intensification (SRI) method and Khaichum traditional fish rearing in paddy fields, so as to boost yields as well.
RySS is boosting the income and yields of 500,000 farm households across AP by cutting risks and cultivation costs through climate-resilient zero budget natural farming (CRZBNF). Farmers to turn into the Community Resource Persons, actively take up marketing, water and infrastructure management. A Technical Support Unit will be embedded within RySS to extend CRZBNF within and outside the state.
SPS is helping 10,000 small and marginal Adivasi farmers in Dewas and Khargone districts of Madhya Pradesh by aiding them in watershed treatment, livestock management, sustainable agriculture and, by promoting farmer producer organisations for market linkages as also women’s self-help groups for financial inclusion.
SeSTA is increasing the incomes of 5,000 tribal women farmers in Bongaigaon and Goalpara districts of Assam, by Rs 25,000-Rs 30,000 a year and boosts food security to 8-12 months through livelihood and village development, upping Agri productivity, strengthening Farmer Producer Organisations, enhancing collective bargaining power and market linkages.
SRIJAN is working with small and marginal farmers among the rural poor in order to overcome their vulnerability. It is doing so by building-up community institutions, raising annual incomes of farmers by Rs 50,000 and creating sustainable replicable livelihoods cluster models.
Swayam Shikshan Prayog is empowering 8,000 women farmers in Maharashtra through resilient farming systems. It is also strengthening and mainstreaming the Sakhi Food Security Agriculture Model. It identifies and trains women as Community Resource Persons so that they can mobilise women farmers, and ensure their access to benefits and government agricultural schemes.
Vasundhara is working with Adivasis and forest-dependent communities in 100 villages across Odisha to make them aware of their rights to natural resources under the Forest Rights Act 2006, acquire land tenure and attain ecological security. It is also helping Adivasi women’s co-operatives market forest produce.
Vrutti is promoting farmers as entrepreneurs and farming as an enterprise to boost livelihood security among 12,500 farmers in Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. It also provides farm inputs, marketing support, access to entitlements, insurance and income diversification.
WASSAN is improving the livelihoods of 6,400 small and marginal Adivasi farmers across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana by promoting crop diversity, demonstrating drought-resistant, sustainable agricultural practices; evolving policies for rainfed agriculture in dry areas. It is enabling farmers' co-operatives to run Business Information Centres to share knowledge and innovative scale-up methods with the State Governments and other partners.
WASSAN is helping small and marginal farmers across Andhra Pradesh through adaption to climate variability through the adoption of integrated farming systems to bolster the practice of climate resilient zero budget natural farming (CRZBNF). It will leverage resources from and mainstream integrated farming systems within government departmental programmes.